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SV Staff  |  May 30, 2018  |  0 comments
Comcast Xfinity and Fandango today announced a new feature that will let Xfinity X1 subscribers search local showtimes and initiate the purchase of movie tickets right from their televisions.
SV Staff  |  May 30, 2018  |  0 comments
Sony has announced the return of its Days of Play promotion, which celebrates the PlayStation community with a new limited-edition PlayStation 4 console, discounted PS VR bundles, and “epic deals” on hardware, peripherals, and PlayStation 4 games. The deals will be offered...
Thomas J. Norton  |  May 29, 2018  |  7 comments
Ah, summer movies. The summer blockbuster tradition is relatively new, but summer moviegoing likely became a big thing when air conditioning was new and “Air Conditioning” on a theater marque guaranteed an audience.

But as I sat in a nearly empty local theater last week watching Avengers: Infinity War (it was a weekday afternoon and the movie had been out for 2 weeks), I wondered if the now ubiquitous Marvel Universe has painted itself into a corner. There are now too many characters to squeeze into a single film, even if some of the lesser lights were sidelined in this one (on holiday, perhaps—after all, only the future of the universe was at stake). So you have a gaggle of actors, each one of which is expecting significant screen time by getting his or her own little slice of the pie. That means a few meaty and/or witty lines for each of them and then off to the next battle. And if there’s one thing this movie isn’t lacking, it’s a next battle. And the next. And the next...

SV Staff  |  May 29, 2018  |  0 comments
As the Kickstarter campaign for Como Audio’s new voice-enabled SpeakEasy portable speaker winds down, the company has announced the speaker can be pre-ordered for $209 until the campaign ends on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. EST.
SV Staff  |  May 29, 2018  |  0 comments
LG today announced that its 2018 AI ThinQ OLED and Super UHD TVs are now compatible with Amazon Alexa voice-enabled devices.
Al Griffin  |  May 28, 2018  |  First Published: May 27, 2018  |  14 comments
Who are you?

I’m Al Griffin, the new editor of Sound & Vision magazine. While readers might know my name from the Ask S&V column and from product reviews, my involvement with the magazine actually spans back to its formation. Let’s begin at the beginning.

SV Staff  |  May 28, 2018  |  7 comments
Photo: LG Display.

LG Display turned more than a few heads at last week’s Society for Information Display (SID) conference where it demonstrated the “world’s first” 77-inch flexible and transparent OLED display.

SV Staff  |  May 28, 2018  |  1 comments
Best Buy continues to expand its Geek Squad tech service. Last week, the nation’s largest electronics retailer announced the nationwide launch of Total Tech Support Powered by Geek Squad...
SV Staff  |  May 28, 2018  |  0 comments
TV audience-measurement company Nielsen is now including detailed viewership data from YouTubeTV in the local TV-audience measurement data it provides to media companies and advertisers.
Michael Antonoff  |  May 27, 2018  |  First Published: May 24, 2018  |  1 comments
The smart speaker is about to change the way you live. Are you ready?

It’s not every day that a new consumer electronics category comes along that has an adoption rate projected to be faster than that of any other device, including smartphones, computers, TVs, and radios.

Some 56.3 million smart speakers are projected to ship this year, nearly twice as many as last year and 10 times the number shipped in 2016, according to Canalys. In the first quarter of 2017, only 7 percent of U.S. households had smart speakers. By the end of 2020, 75 percent are expected to have them, according to Gartner and Edison Research.

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